WINDSOR CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
REGULAR MEETING – NOVEMBER 10, 2020 – 7:30 PM
VIA VIDEO/TELECONFERENCE – GOTOMEETING
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by Supervisor Slucter with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present: Slucter, Rumsey, Fritts, Myers, Pray and Pisano
Myers moved and Pisano seconded to approve the Agenda as amended, adding Legal Opinion Discussion after Hear Public Present on any Subject. Carried 6-0.
Myers moved and Fritts seconded to approve the Consent Agenda. Carried 6-0.
General Fund consisting of Voucher #33144 through Voucher #33186 equaling: $92,262.42 plus digital transfers and payments of $19,291.62 making a Grand Total of $111,554.04.
Payroll Report consisting of Voucher #41872 through #41886 equaling: $5,177.35 plus direct deposits of $36,938.21 making a Grand Total of $42,115.56.
Supervisor Slucter called the Public Hearing to order for the 2021 Budget at 7:33 pm.
Supervisor Slucter went over the revenue and each department of the proposed 2021 Budget.
Ann Sanders, 9171 Bridge Hwy – Made a clarification on Library support from the township. The state minimum standard for local support of the Library is equivalent to .3 mills. The proposed 2021 Budget is short by just over $6,000 in meeting the Library’s request and the standard. Supervisor Slucter is recommending a committee be formed to research the Library funding.
With no more comments from the public. Supervisor Slucter Closed Public Hearing at 7:59 pm.
Sheriff’s Report: Deputy Holliday reported on incidents in the township.
Planning Commission: The next regular meeting has been changed to November 18, 2020 where there will be a Public Hearing on a Special Use Permit.
Sewer Board: None
Emergency Service Department: Chief Miller reported: 1) Assisted Mason Fire Department with 2 very large barn fires. 2) A few of the emergency services employees have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past couple of weeks. Continuing with disinfecting both at the station and in the ambulances. Also are working with BELFOR to come in and do a fogging and clean all touch points.
Assessor/Preston Community Services: 1) Will be delivering values for winter tax bills to treasurer tomorrow. 2) Updates on the Master Plan are primarily completed and the zoning ordinance is about 80% complete.
Supervisor’s Report: 1) Due to health issues, Bill Long has retired as Sexton, effective 10/31/20. Would like to plan something to honor his many years of service to the township. 2) Rumsey moved and Myers seconded to appoint James Bogi as Sexton along with its salary and be added to his other duties. Carried 6-0. 3) Been in discussions with Chief Miller on the need to replace our 2007 Chevy 4500 Lifeline Ambulance. Chief Miller worked on a proposal with Kodiak Emergency Vehicles to hold 2020 pricing with a small down payment before end of 2020, another payment in 2021 and the balance upon delivery of ambulance in January 2022. The proposed 2021 budget includes the 2nd payment, but will need to amend 2020 budget to accommodate the first payment. Slucter moved and Pisano seconded to approve the Ambulance Proposal from Kodiak Emergency Vehicles and amend the 2020 Budget by moving $11,000.00 from Contingency to Emergency Services. Carried 6-0. 4) We have spoken in previous meetings about the need for a utility vehicle for our Public Service/Cemetery department. Came across an ideal used vehicle for $15,000, a 1995 GMC Sierra Truck with a dump body, snow plow, a winch on the back and with very low miles, approximately 13,000 miles. The vehicle is on display outside in case you haven’t seen it yet. The vehicle was checked out by a township employee that does our mechanical work. Rumsey moved and Pray seconded to approve the purchase of the 1995 GMC Sierra Truck, including all attachments, at a price of $15,000. Carried 6-0.
Public Officials: None
Other Reports & Announcements: Clerk Rumsey reported a great turnout for the 2020 General Election. Out of 5,991 registered voters, an average of 81% turned out to vote, at which 52% were absent voter ballots. Wanted to give THANKS to our Dimondale Post Office, they gave amazing support to our elections.
Hear Public Present for Agenda Items: None
Discussion was held on adding one application of dust control to the proposed Budget at a cost of $12,000. Two items are no longer needed, $45,000 on purchasing a truck for Public Service department and $130 for Nuisance Officer Mileage, and can be removed from proposed Budget. Pisano offered and Myers supported the adoption of the 2021 Budget: the General Fund Budget for a total appropriation of $2,048,649.00; Public Improvement appropriation of $0.00; Street Lights for a total appropriation of $58,998.72, Fire Hydrant for a total appropriation of $7,705.02; River Rock Landing $125.00 expenditures.
Yeas: Myers, Rumsey, Slucter, Fritts, Pray and Pisano
Resolution #20-006 adopted: 6-0-1.
Hear Public Present on any subject:
Kirk MacKellar – Happy the vast majority of township has continued to stay rural. Concerned with neighbors burning leaves.
Teri Robison – Checking if there is any update on Consumers Energy project.
Rumsey moved and Slucter supported to go into closed session to discuss attorney’s legal opinion.
Ayes: Myers, Rumsey, Slucter, Fritts, Pray and Pisano
Township Board went into closed session at 8:53 pm: 6-0
Slucter reopened the regular meeting at 9:03 pm.
With no further business Supervisor Slucter adjourned the meeting at 9:03 pm.
Lisa A. Rumsey
Windsor Charter Township Clerk